May 19, 2012;Baltimore, MD, USA; Mario Gutierrez aboard I'll Have Another (9) beats Mike E. Smith aboard Bodemeister (7) to win the running of the 137th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

Belmont Stakes 2012: Union Rags Wins The 144th Belmont Stakes

The Belmont Stakes in New York takes place on June 9. I'll Have Another is the favorite as he goes for racing immortality.

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Belmont Stakes 2012 Results: Union Rags Provides The Thrills

At the Kentucky Derby, I'll have another chased down Bodemeister in the home stretch to pull off an unexpected win. At the Preakness Stakes, I'll Have Another once again overtook Bodemeister down the final straightaway to clinch the second leg of the Triple Crown. Although I'll Have Another retired before being able to try for the full Triple Crown, the end result of the 2012 Belmont Stakes on Saturday was surprisingly similar.

The betting favorites heading into the final leg of the Triple Crown were Dullahan, who finished strong at the Kentucky Derby and Union Rags, who was one of the favorites to win at Churchill Downs but had a very disappointing finish.

As the horses got underway in the longest race of the Triple Crown, Dullahan fell off the pace early and was left behind well before the finish. Paynter was solidly in the lead as the horses rounded the final corner, but Union Rags began to make his move along the inside rail down the home stretch. In the final hundred yards, Union Rags overtook Paynter at the wire to win by a nose in a photo finish, with Atigun coming in third.

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Belmont Stakes 2012 Payout: Favorite Union Rags Is The Big Winner

The favorites to win Saturday's 2012 Belmont Stakes were Union Rags and Dullahan. While Dullahan fell behind early and never really got close to sniffing a spot in the trifecta, Union Rags surged ahead down the home stretch to pick up the big win.

The payout for betting on Union Rags wasn't great, but picking Atigun to show would have yielded you a nice return on your $2 bet. Likewise, a Union Rags-Paynter-Atigun $1 trifecta would have netted you $248.

Below are the payouts for the 2012 Belmont Stakes.

Win: 3-Union Rags: 7.50, 4.20, 3.40
Place: 9-Paynter: 5.10, 3.90
Show: 4-Atigun: 10.60

$1.00 Exacta: 15.70
$1.00 Trifecta: 248.00
$0.10 Superfecta: 95.30
$1.00 Double: 24.20
$1.00 Pick 3: 96.00
$0.50 Pick 4: 320.75
$2.00 Pick 6: 15,050.00

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2012 Belmont Stakes Video: Union Rags Takes It All

I'll Have Another was not able to make a run for the Triple Crown on Saturday, but the 2012 Belmont Stakes ended up being every bit as thrilling and suspenseful as the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes were earlier this year.

For the third time in the 2012 Triple Crown races, a thrilling come-from-behind chase down the home stretch was required in order for a horse to secure the victory. On Saturday, in the longest of the three Triple Crown races, Union Rags bode his time until the final few hundred yards, then surged ahead on the inside rail to overtake Paynter at the wire by a nose in a photo finish. Atigun took third place, while Union Rags' fellow favorite Dullahan fell behind early.

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Belmont Stakes Winner: Union Rags Steals The Win In Closing Stretch

Union Rags is the winner in the 2012 Belmont Stakes, taking the win from Paynter, who had led almost from the start. Paynter jumped out early and stayed there, trailed most of the way by Optimzer and Unstoppable U. Union Rags began to advance around the midpoint of the race and found himself between Paynter and the rail, trying to find room to squeeze by for the victory. He was able to do just that, getting the win, making up for a disappointing finish in the Kentucky Derby and skipping the Preakness. Paynter finished second, followed by Atigun in third and Street Life in fourth.

Jockey John Velazquez proved to be fine replacement for Julien Leparoux, picking up his second Belmont Stakes win. Union Rags' winning time was 2:30:42, and the final odds for the horse were 5-2.

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Belmont Stakes 2012 Streaming: Full Race Coverage Available Online

Saturday evening brings the running of the 2012 Belmont Stakes, and all of the action is available to watch online. Updated odds via Daily Racing Form and streaming information are below. The 144th running of the race saw a shakeup earlier in the week after favorite I'll Have Another was scratched due to injury. Dullahan quickly became the new favorite.

Streaming Information: Online coverage via NBC Sports starting at 4:30pm EDT.

Post Time: Approximately 6:30pm EDT (3:30pm PDT)

Post Position - Odds:

1. Street Life 8-1

2. Unstoppable U 20-1

3. Union Rags 3-1

4. Atigun 15-1

5. Dullahan 9-5

6. Ravelo's Boy 30-1

7. Five Sixteen 30-1

8. Guyana Star Dweej 30-1

9. Paynter 7-2

10. Optimizer 15-1

12. My Adonis 15-1

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2012 Belmont Stakes Odds: Ravelo's Boy, Five Sixteen Among Biggest Underdogs

The running of the 2012 Belmont Stakes will not be as entertaining without Triple Crown candidate I'll Have Another in the field, but we should still be in for a great day of racing on Saturday. The new favorites to watch for: Dullahan, who is at 5-1 odds, Union Rags at 6-1 odds and Paynter at 8-1.

The three biggest long shots on Saturday will be Ravelo's Boy, Five Sixteen and Guyana Star Dweej, who are all at 50-1 odds. Not exactly the numbers you look for if placing a bet on a horse, but it would be quite the story if one of these three could pull off a victory.

Here are the rest of the updated odds for the field:

1. Street Life (Jose Lezcano, 12-1)
2. Unstoppable U (Junior Alvarado, 30-1)
3. Union Rags (John Velazquez, 6-1)
4. Atigun (Julien Leparoux, 30-1)
5. Dullahan (Javier Castellano, 5-1)
6. Ravelo's Boy (Alex Solis, 50-1)
7. Five Sixteen (Rosie Napravnik, 50-1)
8. Guyana Star Dweej (Kent Desormeaux, 50-1)
9. Paynter (Mike Smith, 8-1)
10. Optimizer (Corey Nakatani, 20-1)
I'll Have Another (Mario Gutierrez, 4-5) SCRATCHED
11. My Adonis (Ramon Dominguez, 20-1)

The post time for the Belmont Stakes is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. PST.

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The Belmont Stakes 2012: Post Time, TV Coverage, Video And More

On Saturday, the 2012 Belmont Stakes will take place in New York. I'll Have Another captured America's imagination over the past couple of months by chasing down Bodemeister in the home stretch at both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes to capture the first two legs of the Triple Crown. Now neither Bodemeister nor I'll Have Another will be running in Saturday's race.

I'll Have Another was scratched from the race on Friday due to injury and has likely run his last race. He will not be replaced by an alternate in the Belmont Stakes. The new odds-on betting favorite in the race is Dullahan.

The 2012 Belmont Stakes will be televised on NBC and coverage will begin at 2:00 p.m. PT. Post time for the Belmont Stakes race proper is 6:30 p.m. PT.

A live stream of the Belmont Stakes can be found at NBCSports.com.

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Belmont Stakes 2012 Odds: With I'll Have Another Out, Dullahan Becomes The New Favorite

On Friday, I'll Have Another pulled out of the 2012 Belmont Stakes. While the news was a shock to many, it ensured that there will be no Triple Crown winner in 2012. It also means that the field for the Belmont Stakes is wide open. The updated betting odds bear that out.

I'll Have Another was the odds-on favorite to take the third leg of the Triple Crown, but now that he is scratched, all the other horses have had their odds adjusted. Making things even more interesting is that, due to the late nature of the scratch, there will be no alternate or replacement horse running in I'll Have Another's slot.

The new favorite in the race is Dullahan, who showed at the Kentucky Derby. Union Rags is next in line according to the odds, followed by Paynter.

Complete odds for the 2012 Belmont Stakes can be found below.

1-Street Life, 8/1
2-Unstoppable U, 20/1
3-Union Rags, 3/1
4-Atigun, 15/1
5-Dullahan, 9/5
6-Ravelo's Boy, 30/1
7-Five Sixteen, 30/1
8-Guyana Star Dweej, 30/1
9-Paynter, 7/2
10-Optimizer, 15/1
11-I'll Have Another, Scratched
12-My Adonis, 15/1

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2012 Belmont Stakes: I'll Have Another Scratched, According To Trainer

The Triple Crown hasn't occurred in horse racing since 1978, and will apparently have to keep on waiting as I'll Have Another, the winner of the 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, has officially been scratched from Saturday's race, according to trainer Doug O'Neill.

In an interview on the Dan Patrick Show on Friday, O'Neill mentioned that the horse is being removed for precautionary reasons.

O'Neill said, "We ain't taking any chances," and that the scratch "is a bummer, but far from tragic."

O'Neill also suggested that I'll Have Another has likely run his last race.

There were some rumors of an injury before the announcement was made, but O'Neill did not mention anything specific to Patrick in that regard. A press conference has been scheduled to announce the decision at 1 p.m. ET.

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2012 Belmont Stakes: Post Positions Unveiled, I'll Have Another Draws 11th Spot

When Affirmed took the triple crown back in 1978, few could have anticipated the elongated drought sustained until the next triple crown winner was anointed in the world of horse racing. But the wait could finally be over as I'll Have Another sits just one victory away from claiming the elusive title of triple crown winner. But with the post positions recently revealed, the majestic beast finds itself in a place few horses would want to start as they try to make history.

Drawing the 11th post position, I'll Have Another will have an uphill battle to take the triple crown, while Street Life has drawn the rail. Fellow favorite Dullihan sits in the No. 5 post position.

Below is the complete list of the post positions for the 2012 Belmont Stakes:

  1. Street Life
  2. Unstoppable U
  3. Union Rags
  4. Atigun
  5. Dullahan
  6. Ravelo's Boy
  7. Five Sixteen
  8. Guyana Star Dweej
  9. Paynter
  10. Optimizer
  11. I'll Have Another
  12. My Adonis

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Belmont Stakes 2012: Just 1 Week Until The Big Race

The 2012 Belmont Stakes is just one week away. Next Saturday, I'll Have Another will attempt to become the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to capture the Triple Crown.

One week before the gates open, I'll Have Another is the big betting favorite, with 3/2 odds to win. Dullahan and Union Rags are both 6/1 to win, but both of them represent legitimate threats to upset I'll Have Another and prevent the Triple Crown from being bestowed for yet another year.

Although I'll Have Another represents the odds-on favorite, it is unlikely for him to take home the Triple Crown. There is a reason that it has been over 30 years since America has seen a horse take the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes in succession.

I'll Have Another went for a gallop on Friday at Belmont and trainer Doug O'Nell is reportedly thrilled at how the horse looks one week out from the big race. I'll Have Another will have the nation's attention for at least one more week. Perhaps next Saturday we will all be witness to history.

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Triple Crown Odds: I'll Have Another Enters Belmont Stakes As Favorite

The Belmont Stakes in New York takes place on June 9. I'll Have Another is the favorite as he goes for racing immortality.

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